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Her Good Name [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Axtell
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Book Description

In the 1890 thriving coastal town of Holliston, Maine, the leading lumber baron's son, Warren Brentwood, III, returns from his years away at college and traveling to take up his position as heir apparent to his father's business empire.

Esperanza Estrada is the daughter of a Portuguese immigrant fisherman who has grown up surrounded by a brood of brothers and sisters and a careworn mother. Unable to pretend she is anything but "one of those Estradas," Espy has no chance with Warren, no matter  how striking she is. When she overhears of a position to clean house at a local professor's home on Elm Street, she jumps at the opportunity, hoping to be able to run into Warren Brentwood now and again as well as to imbibe the cultural and intellectual atmosphere of the Stocktons.

When rumors about Espy and this respected, married gentleman of the community begin to circulate, the entire church congregation and then the community pronounce judgment on her behavior. The man Espy is in love with, Warren, believes the lie and his loss of faith in her causes Espy to give up without a fight. She leaves her family and hometown for the nearest city with little money and no acquaintances and is forced to spend the night on the street. A man who heads a mission for the homeless finds Espy and offers her shelter. Espy finds the true love of God while working at the mission. Will she be able to forgive the townspeople and return home?

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Lies and secrets can spoil a woman's good name.

A half-Portuguese fisherman's daughter doesn't stand a chance with Warren Brentwood, the heir of the local lumber empire, no matter how striking she is. In an effort to better her life, Espy takes a job at the local professor's home. He begins to tutor her and the rumors begin to fly.

After months working together on the church fundraiser, Espy and Warren share a passionate kiss. But Warren still believes the worst of her and she flees for the city as her childhood hero falls short of her ideal. Alone and penniless, she is taken in by a missionary and his wife before she is forced to sleep in a doorway. With nothing left but her faith she must discover the purpose God has laid out for her.

She longs to return home freed from the lies that surrounded her parting. But will anyone-particularly Warren-believe in her innocence?

About the Author

RUTH AXTELL has published 13 romances under the name Ruth Axtell Morren with Steeple Hill/Love Inspired Books. She will have a single title regency out in March 2013 for Baker/Revell Books. Her books have been translated into Dutch, Italian, Polish, Czech and Afrikaans. She was a Golden Heart finalist in 1994. Her second published book, Wild Rose, was a Booklist "Top Ten Christian Fiction" selection in 2005. She is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and RWA (Romance Writers of America). Ruth studied comparative literature at Smith College with a concentration in French and English literature, and spent her junior year in Paris. Since then she has lived in the Netherlands and the Canary Islands. Shortly after college, she committed her life to Christ. Fourteen years later, she committed her writing to Him. Currently, Ruth lives on the down east coast of Maine with her three children and two cats. She enjoys the challenge of vegetable and flower gardening in a cool, foggy climate, long walks, reading and doing historical research for her novels.

Product Details

  • File Size: 802 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: River North; New Edition edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00836T8II
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,658 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Love Story! September 2, 2012
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Ruth Axtell has given her readers another beautiful love story, long and satisfying. Her heroine, Espy, is the daughter of a poor immigrant fisherman who falls in love with Warren, heir of the town's lumber empire. But there is so much more to this tale than your typical late 19th century class differences. Espy--a strong young woman of faith, has an almost royal self-esteem that doesn't match her work clothes. This daughter of the King's heavenly self assurance is a threat to the upper class townspeople who feel she doesn't quite know her place. Warren is also somewhat threatened by her poise and candor, but attracted to Espy's beauty and determination to succeed in her studies. He knows they can never be together because of their different backgrounds.

One Sunday after worship services, their pastor puts the two of them together as leaders for a new project to recruit young adults from the "other side of town" into the Church. Espy is a natural leader and urges Warren and his society friends to do more than offer ice cream socials to the widows, orphans, and cannery workers who are under financial hardship. Inspired by her ideas, the group immediately goes to work, raising money to help struggling families in their community. Warren, impressed by Espy's enthusiastic relationship with God, finds himself longing to be more than a good church goer and son of the town's lumber baron.

Suddenly, a false rumor threatens to destroy Espy's good name and she is forced with the decision to move away from the small town where she grew up in order to begin a new life. Still in love with Warren, she bravely begins a journey where she continues to grow in her spiritual development, continuing to put God first in her life.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Historical Romance August 8, 2012
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Ruth Axtell's HER GOOD NAME offers the classic romantic conflict of class differences, set in 1892 Maine, with fresh twists and strong characters. Espy Estrada gave up her education to help support her mother and brood of siblings but longs to better herself. Warren Brentwood has returned from college to run his father's lumber business but feels unfulfilled. The two have been childhood friends and are now drawn together by circumstances and emotional connection but neither believes a future is possible. Lies and the resulting censure drive them apart and drive Espy from her hometown. Both Espy and Warren struggle with their faith and with their futures. Rich descriptions of the settings and deft characterizations of secondary characters as well as the protagonists further enrich this emotional and page-turning story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Blend of Faith, History and Romance August 11, 2012
"Her Good Name" is a classic "clash of culture" story. When Portuguese maid Esperanza "Espy" Estrada loses her heart to Warren Brentwood, the son of a wealthy businessman, she's confronted with prejudice--both her own and the criticisms of society. Warren faces similiar problems. He's obligated to enter the family business, but his changing values--and his feelings for Espy--make the decision far from simple. It's pure joy to watch Warren and Espy overcome their fears as they explore their faith, grow closer to God and finally to each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fufilling Love Story September 30, 2012
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I have long enjoyed love stories where the hero and heroine have to overcome both society's strictures and personal obstacles to forge a life together. Her Good Name is an excellent story in that aspect. Espy Estrada and Warren (love that name!) Brentwood come from different worlds, even though they both grew up in the seaside town of Holliston, Maine.

One thing I loved about this novel was the way Espy always did right. Life had thrown her some pretty hard situations, and though she often thought about scaling back and not trying her hardest to honor God, she chose to do right anyway, time after time, struggle after struggle. I was so glad to see a happy ending to her story. But boy oh boy, was that happy ending a long way off at times!

Before Espy and Warren could forge a life together, they had to overcome society's class structure, cruel rumors, and their own self doubts. Both Warren and Espy ended the story as different and more mature people then they were when the story started. Plus as a woman who married a pastor, this story holds a special meaning to me. I'm so glad Espy and Warren found way to be together and Warren was able to pursue his divine calling.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable story about love between social classes February 20, 2013
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In 1892 Espy Estrada is a poor half Portuguese girl in a small Maine town who dreams of doing more with her life than working in the cannery like the other poor Portuguese young ladies around her. A new job as a maid for a local teacher seems promising - especially when he offers to tutor her and help further her education for free.

Espy has all the male attention any girl could want - even that of local heir and pretty boy Warren Brentwood III who is recently back from college.

The two strike up a friendship, and, of course, any reader can see where this is going. Poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks - rich boy who gets whatever he wants...but of course the difference in their social classes keeps them from even seeing each other and from thinking the other would be interested in the least.

Her Good Name gets off to a very slow start. The entire first half of the book is basically back story. Girl and Boy knew each other as kids, they are now reacquainted but know nothing can come of their friendship because of social class. They are both placed on a church committee where they find ways to both linger together longer and avoid each other entirely.

Warren is being pursued by fellow upper-class girl, Christina. Espy seems to have a constant trail of love-sick boys after her. Neither likes the attention the other receives.

Then one day the teacher Espy works for makes a move on her - and his wife catches their embrace. Or, rather, his embrace, as Espy has somehow been completely unaware of the man's advances that even a child could have picked up on. Not wanting to admit to trying to kiss the maid, the husband says she made moves on him, Espy is fired and the entire town is abuzz because of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting but predictable.
Published 5 days ago by Mia
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell is a wonderful book set ...
Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell is a wonderful book set in the late 1800's in the town of Holliston, Maine. Read more
Published 26 days ago by lovemykidz316
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fictional Novel That Is Relevant Today
Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell is a great historical fiction novel, dealing with issues including class, gender, and victim blaming. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars HER GOOD NAME
I enjoyed reading Her good name because of the dedication of the author to write a book that used the Bible so much in the people of the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Geney Lou
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt story about overcoming lies with God's help!
As the back of the book implies, lies and secrets can truly spoil a woman's good name. This story is about a woman who, in the face of disgrace, finds herself and her God. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading this Christian novel because the author used my ...
Enjoyed reading this Christian novel because the author used my hometown in Maine as the setting of her story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carole Sprague
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book a must read/
Published 6 months ago by Tammy Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect blend of everything that makes for a great novel
Some novels are the perfect blend of characters, setting, problems, and a message. Her Good Name was definitely one of these novels. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DL Kamstra
2.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but very short read
Either the down load was not done properly, only 2 chapters, or the book ended abruptly. Good read, but very short read.
Published 8 months ago by P. Halsell
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More About the Author

Ruth knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she wrote her first story--a spy thriller--at the age of twelve. She studied comparative literature at Smith College, spending her junior year at the Sorbonne in Paris. After college, she taught English in the Canary Islands then worked in international development in Miami, Florida, before moving to the Netherlands, where for the next several years, she juggled both writing and raising her three children.
In 1994, her second manuscript was a finalist in Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart competition. In 2002, her sixth manuscript took second place in the Laurie Contest of RWA's Smoky Mountain chapter. The final judge requested her full manuscript and this became her first published book, Winter Is Past, which was spotlighted in Christian Retailing magazine. Since then, Ruth has gone on to publish thirteen historical romances and one novella. Her books have been translated into Dutch, Italian, Polish and Afrikaans . Her second historical, Wild Rose, was chosen by Booklist as a "Top Ten Christian Fiction" selection in 2005.
Ruth lives on the coast of Maine where she enjoys gardening, walking, reading romances and gazing at the ocean plotting her next romance.

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